We love a good ghost story as much as the next person, making Rin Chupeco's The Girl From the Well an instant delight. With its uniquely creepy story and expert prose, this is one novel that will, pardon the pun, haunt you for days on end. Curious about the story behind the story, we asked Rin about the inspiration for the novel and here's what she had to say:
Inspiration for The Girl from the Well began with two things: the ghost and the girl. The more I wrote, the harder it became to separate the two.
The idea for the ghost came to me several years ago, when I was still making my living writing technical manuals for a mobile-programming company, which was based in a rather old building. Since I often clocked out late, I inadvertently gave the other people working there some good scares. After a day's grueling overtime, the last thing you need is to have the dilapidated elevator doors slide open to reveal someone who could pass for The Ring's Samara standing inside (me).
Samara’s character is named Sadako in the Japanese version of the movie, which was more popular where I live, so they took to calling me "good Sadako." It made me think about the concept of a 'good' ghost that didn't necessarily look the part.